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Your Opinion: Man-made global warming refuted

Your Opinion: Man-made global warming refuted

January 7th, 2014 by Steve Sampson, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

Every time I read a letter to the editor indicating that man-made global warming is a fact and we are "global warming deniers," I get a warm fuzzy feeling all inside.

In July of this past year, Roger Pielke from the University of Colorado testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and here in part is what he said:

"Hurricanes have not increased in the U.S. in frequency, intensity or normalized damage since at least 1900," Pielke added. "The same holds for tropical cyclones globally since at least 1970.

He also noted that U.S. floods have not increased in "frequency or intensity" since 1950 and economic losses from floods have dropped by 75 percent as a percentage of GDP since 1940. Tornado frequency, intensity, and normalized damages have also not increased since 1950, and Pielke even notes that there is some evidence that this has declined.

Droughts have been shorter, less frequent, and have covered a smaller portion of the U.S over the last century.

Globally, there has been very little change in the last 60 years, he said."

Craig Idso, past president of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, summarized others' research dating back 15 years and has said: "The Arctic, which climate models suggest should be super-sensitive to greenhouse-gas-induced warming, is still not even as warm as it was several centuries ago during portions of the Medieval Warm Period, when there was much less CO2 and methane in the air than there is today, which facts further suggest that the planet's more modest current warmth need not be the result of historical increases in these two trace greenhouse gases."

But for me, the coup-de-grace is this list of some of the brightest minds there are, that support Al Gore and the "man-made global-warming" hoax: Al Sharpton, college dropout; Alicia Keys, Ben Affleck, Ben Stiller, Billy Jean King, Brad Pitt, Bruce Springsteen, Diane Keaton, George Clooney and Gwyneth Paltrow, all college dropouts; John Travolta, Keanu Reeves, Britney Spears, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore, all high school dropouts.

If I wasn't convinced before, I am now.